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LOT #734 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI SUPERBIRD – NO RESERVE

Wildly popular from inception, the NASCAR stock-car circuit continues to host some of the fiercest racing anywhere in the world, pitting automobile manufacturers against one another in one of the ultimate applications of the “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” spirit. Special factory-available racing parts, larger-than-life personalities, and increasingly wild factory-built cars have always been essential to NASCAR’s appeal, most importantly fueling the hearts and minds of millions of fans flocking to dealer showrooms. Several peaks were reached during the 1950s and early 1960s, with America’s auto industry giants briefly pulling back from racing collectively in 1957, followed in 1963 by GM’s self-imposed racing ban.

Despite the various manufacturers’ official positions on factory-backed competition and the obvious risks associated with unleashing thinly disguised racing cars on America’s roads, the late 1960s saw increasing racing speeds. Engine development peaked with Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, and Pontiac all busy developing NASCAR-ready hardware for loyal racing teams. While Chevrolet and Ford were unable to qualify their new radical, low-production engines for NASCAR use, Chrysler’s mighty 426 cubic-inch HEMI engine first hit the track in 1964 and soon reached its development zenith by 1967/68, forcing engineers to realize that raw horsepower was no longer sufficient to win. Plymouth stalwart Richard Petty may have won 27 of 49 races during the 1968 NASCAR campaign in his HEMI-powered Plymouth Satellite, but arch-rival Ford enticed him to switch camps to a sleeker, purpose-built Torino Talladega for 1969.

Chrysler’s only hope of beating Ford on the new and extremely fast NASCAR superspeedways was to drastically reduce aerodynamic drag to unlock higher speeds. While the more specialized Dodge Charger 500 was a definite improvement, even more drastic measures were soon required for the NASCAR arms race against Ford. Using the latest wind-tunnel test data at Lockheed, Chrysler engineers devised a more radical solution in 1969 – the Charger Daytona. Featuring a bullet-style extended steel nose cone, chin spoiler, pop-up headlamps, and an outrageously tall but effective rear wing atop aircraft-style stabilizers, the Daytona sliced through the air and rewrote racing history as the first NASCAR competitor to break the 200-mph barrier. Just enough – 503 in all – were produced in time to qualify the wild Mopar for NASCAR. Debuted late in ’69 at the formidable new Talladega superspeedway, the Daytona scored its first win there with driver Richard Brickhouse.

Development of a Plymouth counterpart to the Daytona kicked off in June 1969 but temporarily halted that August before NASCAR announced a new 1,000-car production requirement or a number equal to half a company’s dealers, whichever was highest, giving the Superbird a new lease on life. Unknown to many enthusiasts, the Road Runner-based Superbird was quite different from the charger-based Daytona with no interchangeable body parts other than the hood and modified front fenders from the B-body Dodge Coronet. A textured vinyl roof covering hid the revised rear-window plug seams and the Superbird’s rear wing was even taller with the stabilizers/supports raked further back than those of the Daytona. Nearly four times more Superbirds were built than Daytonas, with Superbird production reaching 1,935 cars – all constructed between October 23 and about December 15, 1969. Encouraged by the Superbird’s speed potential, Richard Petty returned to the Plymouth fold for 1970. While he did not win the 1970 NASCAR Grand National championship, he did score eight of Plymouth’s 21 victories in 1970. Given their hefty pricing, specialized nature and wild looks, the Superbird was a slow seller, with many of these outlandish, extremely specialized cars often taking several years to finally leave dealer lots. Today, those very characteristics make the rare Superbird one of the most iconic and collectible American high-performance cars ever built.

Offered from the Lindley Collection of impeccable muscle cars, this Superbird is car #1723 of Plymouth’s infamous 1970 NASCAR wing car homologation program. One of just 135 Superbirds that left the factory with 426 HEMI power, this Superbird is rarer still as one of 77 built with Chrysler’s virtually bulletproof A727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Retaining its matching-numbers engine, the Superbird is restored, refinished, and remains true to its specially-ordered, High Impact Code EV2 Tor-Red factory paint color as stated on the Trim Tag and Broadcast Sheet. The mighty HEMI’s

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: AERO WARRIOR: 1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird Selling With No Reserve
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/aero-warrior-1970-plymouth-hemi-superbird-selling-with-no-reserve/
Published Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2022 17:00:28 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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